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reading desk

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noun
  1. a desk for use in reading, especially by a person standing.
  2. a lectern in a church.
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Origin of reading desk

First recorded in 1695–1705
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reading desk

Historical Examples

  • There was a large platform, with chairs upon it, but no pulpit or reading-desk.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • To the left rises a platform, on which stands a reading-desk.

    Mr. Faust

    Arthur Davison Ficke

  • The priest, standing in front of a reading-desk, slowly turned his face to me.

    Youth

    Leo Tolstoy

  • The reading-desk was about three feet from the ground, and the pulpit about six feet.

  • He had a very gentlemanlike appearance in the pulpit and reading-desk.